With inter exam pass percentage low, Patna colleges may get fewer students this year
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With inter exam pass percentage low, Patna colleges may get fewer students this year

Over 15% of all students who registered for Patna University’s entrance test for admission to its colleges, have already dropped out and those who have failed in the inter examinations made add to the figures.

patna Updated: Jul 02, 2017 19:45 IST
Arun Kumar
Arun Kumar
Hindustan Times, Patna
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The Patna university office in the state capital. (File photo)

The steep fall in pass percentage in the Bihar state examination board (BSEB) conducted intermediate examination this year has started having its cascading impact, with many colleges, especially the aided private institutions, struggling to get students.

Bihar’s premier Patna University, which conducts entrance test for admission to its colleges, has already felt the heat. Over 15% students, who registered for the test, dropped out.

PU has around 2,650 seats in the science, arts and commerce streams in its colleges, excluding Patna Women’s Colleges.

Now, the university is apprehensive that many of those who have qualified may also drop out at the time of admission if they have not cleared the intermediate examination.

“As we allow appearing candidates for the entrance test, the response to online registration was good. Though 2-3% students drop out during exam, this year it was quite high, which may be attributed to poor intermediate results. Still, we will have enough for our colleges,” said PU VC Rash Bihari Prasad Singh.

This year, the pass percentage in intermediate (science) was just 30.11%, while in arts it was 37.13%. In commerce, which has a smaller number of students, it was 73.76%. Nearly 13 lakh students had taken the intermediate exam.

According to a senior official, over 60% of the students having qualified the entrance test are from the schools of central board of secondary education (CBSE).

The good thing for PU is that in science, the merit lists have many bright students, with the aggregate score going as high as 79 in mathematics and 86 in biology, though the lowest scores have dropped to 13 and 18, respectively.

The highest aggregate was 68 out of 100 in arts and 65 in commerce. Now, the colleges will start announcing their own cut off marks from Monday to start the admission process.

However, the drop in the number of candidates taking the PU entrance test this year is a clear indication that fall in intermediate examinations pass percentage will have a more pronounced impact on lesser known colleges and aided private institutions, which may face a ‘drought’ of students this year.

“There are 248 constituent colleges, besides affiliated colleges. With just 35% students passing this year, some of the constituent colleges in Patna are also drawing students on 50% in arts and 55% marks in science. It is a fact that many aided colleges will struggle to find students this time,” said an education department official.

First Published: Jul 02, 2017 19:45 IST